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VFDs receive grants from Cotton Electric

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WALTERS — Some of the area volunteer fire department were the big winners when the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation’s fourth quarter grants were announced.
Members of the foundation met Wednesday to consider grant applications submitted this quarter.
Six CECF grants totaling $15,600 will be distributed. Money for these grants come from Cotton Electric members who choose to round up their electric bill balance to the nearest dollar.
Bethel Road, Cox’s Store, Devol, Temple and Wichita Mountains Estates Volunteer Fire Departments were all grant recipients.
Wichita Mountains Estates Fire Chief Bob Martineau said after fighting three major fires this summer as well as helping out with numerous others that all their equipment needed repairs.
“Due to the fires,everything got damaged between tires, front ends which had to be aligned and all the filters had to be replaced because of the smoke and soot. Besides that one engine that pumps the water out had to be rebuilt which was $1,400 just by itself,” he said.
The department also had to replace 200 feet of hose that burned while fighting the fires.
“We can only replace when we have the money, so it’s really needed,” Martineau said.
Wichita Mountains Estates Volunteer Fire Department will use the $3,500 grant to repair the pump on one truck and upgrade the foaming capability on two others.
Bethel Road Volunteer Fire Department will purchase radios and pagers with a $3,500 grant while Cox’s Store Fire Department will use $2,000 to replace wildland bunker gear.
Temple Volunteer Fire Department will use its $3,000 grant to outfit a newly-acquired truck recently received from the Oklahoma Forestry Department.
Volunteer Michael Hooper said the department acquired a 1-ton pick-up which they will convert to use as a rescue truck.
“This vehicle is in good mechanical shape with very low miles so the money will help get it painted the right color,” he said. “Then hopefully we can find a utility bed and possibly buy some additional equipment.”
Currently the 17 member department has nine trucks which includes brush and pumper trucks along with former military trucks.
The Devol Volunteer Fire Department will put finishing touches on a community shelter with a $3,500 grant.
OSU Extension Services Parent/Child Connections will use a $100 CECF grant to purchase event supplies.
Applications for first quarter 2012 grants are due Feb. 29 for consideration by the foundation in December.
Downloadable applications are available at cotton  electric.com  .
WALTERS — Some of the area volunteer fire department were the big winners when the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation’s fourth quarter grants were announced.
Members of the foundation met Wednesday to consider grant applications submitted this quarter.
Six CECF grants totaling $15,600 will be distributed. Money for these grants come from Cotton Electric members who choose to round up their electric bill balance to the nearest dollar.
Bethel Road, Cox’s Store, Devol, Temple and Wichita Mountains Estates Volunteer Fire Departments were all grant recipients.

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Courthouse decking repair approved

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Scaled-back repairs to the street-level decking of the Comanche County Courthouse will be under way soon.

The Comanche County commissioners approved an agreement with S Construction to repair five columns supporting the decking for a total of $24,000 during a regular weekly meeting Monday morning.

Central District Commissioner Ron Kirby, who brought the need for the repairs to the commissioners earlier this year, said the small price tag is due to county officials deciding to take care of the problem in increments, instead of all at once.

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